Lombok, Indonesia

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Lombok is an island east of Bali, a part of Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province. Lombok’s unspoiled landscape and preservationist traditions set it well apart from the touristy beach towns of its western neighbour.

Merese Hill landscape. Captured on Kodak UltraMax 400.
New Year morning sky. Captured on Kodak UltraMax 400.
One of Lombok’s beaches. Captured on Kodak ColorPlus 200.

Lombok’s Sade Village people pride themselves in their freedom from the technological gadgetry most of the world can’t seem to live without. They still use candle light to illuminate their night dwellings, though there is electricity there, too.

The alley in Sade Village. Captured on Kodak UltraMax 400.
“Tree Of Love.” This tree is believed to be a sacred place for couples to marry at. Captured on Kodak UltraMax 400.
Visitors and a local at the entrance way. Captured on Kodak ColorPlus 200.
Straw houses, hand-woven cloth, and a happy child. Captured on Kodak ColorPlus 200.
Local villager with his baby, tourists walking on the background. Captured on Kodak UltraMax 400.

A photo of a child, double exposed with clouds. Captured on Kodak ColorPlus 200.

Not all of Lombok is devoid of technology. Its capital, Kota Mataram, is a relatively modern town.

City streets in the morning. Captured on Kodak ColorPlus 200.
A usual afternoon near the biggest shopping complex in Kota Mataram: Lombok Epicentrum Mall. Captured on Kodak ColorPlus 200.
The main mosque, after the rain. Captured on Fuji Superia X-Tra 400.

It may not be possible to turn back the clock on human development, still Lombok’s people do their best to combine their elements of contemporary lifestyle, nature, and religion free of interference with each other.

Lombok’s sunset at the beach. Captured on Fuji Superia X-Tra 400.
A friend, chilling at the local Starbucks.